The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) maintains a public hearing schedule that helps parties and attorneys monitor cases scheduled for hearing.
To view the hearing schedule, click here.
DWC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on how COVID-19 is impacting DWC operations, such as hearings, click here.
The hearing schedule does not supersede a notice of hearing or hearing assignment order filed in a case. DWC strives for the hearing schedule to accurately reflect the information in the notice of hearing or hearing assignment order. If you notice a discrepancy between the notice of hearing or hearing assignment ordered filed in your case and the online hearing schedule, please notify the DWC hearing scheduler promptly. To view the DWC hearing scheduler's contact information, click here.
Below are instructions on how to read and use the hearing schedule.
Sort by Attorney, deputy, or Venue
The DWC hearing schedule allows you to sort by venue, attorney, or presiding deputy workers' compensation commissioner.
When sorting by attorney, opposing counsel does not appear in the case information. To find opposing counsel on the search-by-attorney page, you may search using Control-F or Command-F to use your browser's search function and then typing in the agency file number, which will appear under the names of both the claimant's attorney and defense attorney.
Primary Hearing Status
All hearings at the Des Moines venue have primary status. There are two primary hearing times each day at road venues: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. All cases assigned primary status will have "Primary" next to the date and time of the hearing. DWC does not assign a slot number to a case in primary hearing status.
Secondary (Backup) Hearing Status & Slot Numbers
Each day of hearings at a road venue has four potential secondary (backup) slots. A case is assigned Secondary Slot Number 1 through 4. All cases assigned secondary status will have "Secondary" next to the date and time of the hearing. Cases in secondary status have 6:00 p.m. listed next to the date of the case name because this is the placeholder time used on WCES for secondary hearings.
If either of the cases assigned a primary hearing slot settle, the cases assigned backup slots will move up as follows:
- The case assigned Backup Slot No. 1 will become a primary hearing, filling the spot left vacant by the settlement.
- The case assigned Backup Slot No. 2 will move up to Backup Slot No. 1.
- The case assigned Backup Slot No. 3 will move up to Backup Slot No. 2.
- The case assigned Backup Slot No. 4 will move up to Backup Slot No. 3.
For more information about how primary and secondary (or backup) hearing assignments work, click here.
The third column from the left on the hearing schedule is the "Notes" column. DWC may include notes about a hearing such as:
- If the hearing will be conducted by telephone
- The type of hearing (e.g., alternate care)
- Any consolidated file numbers
To search the hearing schedule, Use your browser's find functionality to search for any items on these pages (Ctrl-F or Command-F).
To search for an attorney, hit Ctrl-f or Command-f to use your browser's find functionality. Then type in the attorney's last name, comma, and first name (e.g., "Doe , Jane").
To search for a venue, hit Ctrl-f or Command-f to use your browser's find functionality. Then type in the venue's name (e.g., "Des Moines," "Cedar Rapids," "Sioux City," etc.).
Updates Every 30 Minutes
The hearing schedule interfaces with the DWC's case management system. The hearing schedule automatically updates every 30 minutes to reflect the status of cases and hearings in the DWC case management system. This allows DWC to operate more efficiently and will reduce the possibility of discrepancies between the case management system and the hearing schedule.